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Deploy Printer based on OU

Posted on 2014-01-31
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I have a client with a 2003 32-Bit server.  I'm trying to setup a VB Script to publish printers based on the membership of an OU.

I have tried several different scripts, and methods but nothing seems to work.

From what I can tell, it is because I am trying to run a login script that calls the VB Script on the Computer OU which won't process during startup.

So I tried finding a way to run it as a User Script that would check to see which OU the computer was in, but still no luck.


Looking for some help or direction.
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In new policy, use pushprinterconnections.exe in computer logoff script, pushprinterconnections.exe in user logon script. apply policy to group of computers in OU link policy to computer OU. Printers will be pushed to computer regardless of user. Use print management to deploy printers to computers in policy.
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I don't have print management because it's not 2003 R2, it's the original 2003 server.
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by:Will Szymkowski
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If you have 2003 it does not natively have 2008 Group Policy Preferences installed. But, if you have a 2008 server in your environment, install RSAT (remote server admin tools) and you can administer Group Policy Preferences from there. GPP is much more efficent then using scripts.

Group Policy Preferences walk-through

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by:McKnife
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I think Will is right, but RSAT cannot be installed on 2008. You would need Vista/win7/Win8/8.1 or server 2012 to install and use RSAT.
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Actually, I was able to install Print Management through Add/Remove Windows Components and get the printers published.

Didn't realize 2003 server could do this because I haven't worked with it in a while and don't have many people left still using it.

Was able to publish to OU and run pushprinterconnections.exe in login script and all is working.
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